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Gabriel Stricker

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Gabriel Stricker is the Chief Communications Officer at Emerson Collective, the social change organization founded by Laurene Powell Jobs.[1] He is the former Vice President of Communications at Niantic, Inc.,[2] the former Vice President of Policy and Communications at Google Fiber,[3] and the former CCO at Twitter, Inc..[4]


Stricker earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley[5] and his master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.[6]


Emerson Collective[edit]

Stricker joined Emerson Collective as its Managing Director and CCO in 2021.[7]



In 2018, Stricker joined Niantic, Inc.,[8] the spinoff of Alphabet Inc.. At Niantic, Stricker collaborated with the Knight Foundation on its civic engagement initiatives.[9][not in citation given]

Google Fiber[edit]

In 2016, the hiring of Stricker to lead policy and communications at Google Fiber, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., fueled speculation[10] that Alphabet would accelerate its plans to bring high speed internet connectivity more broadly across the United States.[11] Conversely, his departure from Google Fiber was described as "the latest blow for the Alphabet subsidiary"[12] and prompted speculation[from whom?] that the unit is "in peril… perhaps calling its future into question."[13]


Prior to Alphabet, Stricker served as the head of Communications and Public Policy at Twitter.[14] While at Twitter, Stricker accepted the Radio Television Digital News Association's First Amendment Award on behalf of Twitter[15] and made public remarks about free speech and censorship.[16] Vanity Fair quoted Stricker advocating for Twitter to be more transparent about the stagnant user growth. He was fired from the company when that effort wasn't endorsed by the rest of Twitter's executive leadership.[17] Later, he was represented by Alejandro Mayorkas[18] in a securities lawsuit against Twitter.[19][non-primary source needed][relevant? ]


Before Twitter, Stricker was Director of Global Communications & Public Affairs at Google, Inc..[20] He later returned to Google's Search team in a product role as the head of search ecosystem, where his work included helping people find useful information related to the 2020 US elections and COVID-19.[21]

Stricker was part of a cohort of former Google policy and communications executives who went on to lead similar functions at technology companies across Silicon Valley.[22]

Board and Advisor roles[edit]

Stricker sits on the boards of the Center for Investigative Reporting[23] and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund,[24] and is an advisor to Virta Health.[25]


Stricker is the author of the book on guerrilla marketing entitled, Mao In the Boardroom.[26] The Chicago Tribune said it "describes how capitalist warriors apply [Mao's theories] on the corporate battlefield today."[27]


  1. Shah, Aarti (4 January 2021). "Google's Gabriel Stricker Takes CCO Role At Laurene Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective". Retrieved 14 January 2021. Stricker left Google last week to become managing director and CCO at the Emerson Collective, which Steve Jobs' spouse founded in 2004.
  2. Marszalek, Diana (12 January 2018). "Comms VP Gabriel Stricker Leaves Google Fiber For Niantic". Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  3. Olanoff, Drew (29 December 2015). "Gabriel Stricker Returns To Google To Lead Policy And Communications For Fiber".
  4. "Twitter Executive Team:Stricker".
  5. "Twitter Executive Team:Stricker".
  6. "Gabriel Sticker | Columbia | SIPA". 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  7. Shah, Aarti (4 January 2021). "Google's Gabriel Stricker Takes CCO Role At Laurene Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective". Retrieved 14 January 2021. Stricker will report to Jobs as chief communications officer and managing director. The Emerson Collective, which Jobs founded in 2004, describes its mission as "creating systemic change in education, immigration, climate, and cancer research and treatment." In addition to Jobs, the philanthropic investment group's high-profile leadership includes former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and former Citigroup executive Michael Klein.
  8. Marszalek, Diana (12 January 2018). "Comms VP Gabriel Stricker Leaves Google Fiber For Niantic". Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  9. "Niantic". 6 August 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2019. In case you missed it, we joined our partner The Knight Foundation at the Games For Change Festival where Gabriel Stricker and Sam Gill spoke about civic engagement and the profound impact technology has on fostering more informed and engaged communities — essential ingredients for a healthy democracy.
  10. "Alphabet Inc (GOOG) Gets Serious About Google Fiber, Hires Gabriel Stricker". 9 January 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2015. It appears as if Alphabet Inc. is taking their initiative on high speed internet, Google Fiber, much more serious as of late. At least that appears to be the case after the company hired back a former employee, Gabriel Stricker, to head up a new role as head of Google Fiber’s policy and communications.
  11. Shah, Aarti (30 December 2015). "Gabriel Stricker Goes Back To Google To Lead Communications, Policy For Fiber". Today's news of Stricker returning to fueling speculation that Google (or rather, Alphabet where Google Fiber now sits) is ramping up its plan to bring fiber-optic internet connection more broadly across the US.
  12. D'Onfro, Jillian (9 January 2018). "Google Fiber loses another exec as communications head departs for Niantic". Retrieved 12 January 2018. His departure is the latest blow for the Alphabet subsidiary...
  13. "Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) Fiber Unit In Peril As Another Top Exec Departs". 10 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018. Google Fiber has lost another key figure, perhaps calling its future into question.
  14. "For Twitter's Gabriel Stricker the decision to keep the PR around its IPO in-house is an extension of a philosophy that underpins the team he's built". Holmes Report. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2021. Stricker took the helm of Twitter’s comms in 2012
  15. Calo, Enid (14 March 2013). "RTDNF Honors Twitter, Siegel, Crowley, Dechard with First Amendment Awards". Retrieved 5 August 2014. The First Amendment Award went to Twitter, Inc. Gabriel Stricker, Twitter's Vice President of Communications, accepted the award, showing a video of Twitter's growing influence and comments from Chinese avctivist Ai Weiwei, who praised the micro-blogging serivice for giving people a voice. To journalists and activists, he said, “We hear you… we stand with all of you and we will continue to fight for your voices to be heard.”
  16. "Twitter and Free Speech: Gabriel Stricker talked about Twitter's culture, policies, and effect on free speech around the world". C-SPAN. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  17. Bilton, Nick (June 2016). "Twitter Is Betting Everything on Jack Dorsey. Will it Work?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 16 June 2016. This conundrum led to a tempestuous discussion among members of the Staff. “We have zero credibility with Wall Street right now,” Gabriel Stricker, the director of communications, said in a meeting with Dorsey and top managers. “We have to come clean” about the company’s stagnant growth numbers…. Stricker threatened to quit over the verdict [to not be fully transparent].
  18. Scarcella, Mike (20 March 2021). "Wilmer's Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden Pick for DHS, Reveals $3.3M Partner Share". Retrieved 8 January 2021. The disclosure also showed Mayorkas represented Gabriel Stricker, the former chief of communication at Twitter.
  19. "IN RE TWITTER, INC. SECURITIES LITIGATION". Retrieved 20 March 2021. Gabriel Stricker, Interested Party, represented by Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas , Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP.
  20. "Spokespeople - Google Instant Press Site (Sept 2010)". Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  21. Shah, Aarti (4 January 2021). "Google's Gabriel Stricker Takes CCO Role At Laurene Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective". Retrieved 14 January 2021. Stricker returned to Google in 2019 as head of search ecosystem, where his work included helping people find useful information related to the 2020 US elections and Covid-19.
  22. Oreskovic, Alexei (13 May 2015). "Veterans of Google's PR army now control the messaging at Silicon Valley's most important companies". Retrieved 16 July 2015. Google's vast size and the breadth of hot-button issues that touch its business everyday, from privacy to mobile technology, and from competition regulation to China, provide a veritable boot camp for modern business communications and policy that few other companies can match.
  23. "CIR adds technology leadership to its board | The Center for Investigative Reporting". 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2013-09-15. I'm thrilled to work with CIR to ensure that high-quality, unique and credible journalism flourishes,” Stricker said. “The progress we make in the coming years will have a hand in transforming journalism’s path in the decades ahead.
  24. "Board of Directors". Retrieved 16 June 2016. He serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and has served on the CIR board since 2011.
  25. "Gabriel Stricker". Retrieved 14 January 2021. Virta Health Advisor Sep 26, 2019
  26. Stricker, Gabriel. "Mao In the Boardroom: Marketing Genius from the Mind of the Master Guerilla". St. Martin's Press. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  27. Rose, Devin (29 June 2003). "Wwmd?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 September 2013. Stricker lays out Mao's theories, then describes how capitalist warriors apply them on the corporate battlefield today

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